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RotaFlash, April 2016

Data from a new journal supplement reveal the widespread impact of rotavirus vaccines in preventing death and disease from rotavirus diarrhea in low-income countries around the world, while also highlighting the need for continued rollout of rotavirus vaccines given the burden of rotavirus that still remains. Additionally, a study from Rwanda shows a reduction in the economic burden of diarrhea following rotavirus vaccine introduction, and a new white paper serves as an advocacy tool in countries considering the introduction of rotavirus vaccine.

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EurekAlert!, December 2015

New research by the University of Virginia and icddr,b suggests that food alone is not a solution to malnutrition: new approaches must target gut damage due to infectious disease.

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The Huffington Post, December 2015

Despite UNICEF's latest report that 500 children die daily from lack of water and sanitation, funding levels remain low. UNICEF underscored the urgency of investment and the potential for a loss in gains due to population growth. While there are many potential solutions, the key is to act swiftly to implement them.

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Project Syndicate, December 2015

A new report from the International Vaccine Access Center shows that nearly three-quarters of the deaths from pneumonia and diarrhea occur in just 15 countries and in the poorest communities. While we've made progress, we could do so much more if we resisted the temptation to focus on just one or two interventions.

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The New York Times, October 2015

"What if there were a remedy that could save more children's lives in the developing world than are claimed by malaria and AIDS combined? . . . The miracle substance already exists. It's breast milk."

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The New York Times, October 2015

"The greatest cost of stunting isn't stature but brain power," writes Nicholas Kristof in this op-ed. He covers a couple bold new theories for explaining India's struggle with malnutrition: the low status of women, which contributes to high levels of maternal malnutrition, and poor sanitation, which inhibits a child's ability to absorb nutrients.

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USAID, August 2015

The 2015 Acting on the Call: ending preventable child and maternal deaths report reveals that USAID's maternal and child survival efforts have resulted in nearly 2.5 million more children surviving and 200,000 maternal deaths averted since 2008 in USAID's 24 priority countries. In addition, the USAID report details how to reach 38 million of the most vulnerable women around the world with increased access to health care during delivery by 2020.

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The New York Times, August 2015

The Global Enteric Multicenter Study revealed that bacterial forms of diarrhea are more common than we realized. But updating the World Health Organization's diarrhea guidelines may not make sense, because of a current lack of accurate, low-cost diagnostics -- along with some other challenges.

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BBC News, July 2015

A new study by ICDDR,B published in The Lancet is the first to prove the effectiveness and feasibility of an oral cholera vaccine in real-life settings in Bangladesh. Importantly, the integration of other diarrhea interventions, like safe water and handwashing, helped to further drive down incidences of cholera.

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The New York Times, July 2015

A new report from WHO/UNICEF warns that while access to clean drinking water has shown considerable improvement, and that the number of children dying from diarrhea have decreased, global progress on sanitation lags behind. To eliminate open defecation by 2030, one of the sustainable development goals, current rates of reduction must double, and the focus must shft to the world's poorest places.

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